Veterans overseas are being forgotten
So technically I am an Australian expat who served. I am on a Class A pension unable to work. I still have to do my DVA claims. As someone mentally unfit that is just out of the question. I am at a point where I am fearing I will take my own life and become another veteran lost in 2018.
It is the middle of the night in Australia. I have a white card that is supposed to enable me to treatment overseas. The big catch is I need their approval first. So what about an emergency. Here I am, Drinking to cope. Something I have not done in my 29 years so far. I mix it with melatonin. More with Valium (a lot) because that seems to be a little more effective. I have enough Pristiq on me to kill me. Has it crossed my mind? Yes!! Plenty of times. Do I still see a light? It is dimming but I want hope. I know I need help. But do I really want that at the cost of a large debt hanging over my head for the rest of my life because I was in crisis? No. It is easier to just jump of 4 stories.
So what do I do? I call VVCS. They can’t approve the authority to get me emergency care. I call the consulate. They can’t do anything. They call me back. The phone keeps dropping out.
So this is a big wake up call for veterans overseas. Will DVA actually do anything to help them? Are we just going to end up being another statistic? Will I just end up being another statistic?
I am not strong enough to initiate parliament to look into this. But I can share my story. I am asking you to share it too. This is important. We should not only think about Veterans at home. We should be thinking about the Veterans who have left Australia because that is their only way to try and lead a semi-normal life.
If someone has the capacity to change this where a veteran can contact DVA outside hours to get approved emergency care outside hours. Please do it for me and do it for the others who are also suffering.